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Everyone makes mistakes. This is even more true when you are a beginner. Getting started with Wall Street is not easy, and it’s way too easy to do something wrong by accident. But instead of making those mistakes that could cost you thousands of dollars in current or future funds, it’s better to be aware of them now so you can work on avoiding them.


Below, you’ll find some of the most common mistakes that new investors make, and some ways to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Following Feelings, Not Facts

If there are three words you should cement in your mind when first embarking on your Wall Street journey, it’s “follow the data”. Data can be overwhelming when you are first starting out, which is why it is so easy to ignore it and make mistakes in the future. But unfortunately, you need to hunker down and analyze the data (and make sure you know the risks) before pulling the trigger on an investment.

Investing is incredibly stressful, even for seasoned brokers. That’s why a level of stress management is needed in order to properly analyze data and make all the right decisions. Don’t start this journey if you are too stressed out!

Mistake #2: Not Sticking to Budget

Investors who are new to Wall Street often find that their budget problems are similar to the budget problems one would have when investing in a new home remodeling project. In fact, investing in stocks and redesigning a kitchen are not all that dissimilar; sticking to the budget is the most important thing you can do in order to make sure the project is executed successfully.

Check out You Need A Budget for smart and simple ways to start developing an investment budget. As long as you can stick to it without going over your allotted amount, your investment journey will be golden.

Mistake #3: Trading Too Frequently

Once you have placed your initial investments and you are starting to get the hang of how stock trading works, you need to be sure not to go too trading-hungry. Another common mistake made by beginners is the frequent selling and trading, which won’t always guarantee you more money down the line. Not to mention, certain types of trading come with fees, which you’ll end up paying if you trade too often. Frequent trading is too expensive and just too downright stressful for anybody to handle.

Mistake #4: Waiting Too Long to Start

It’s natural to get cold feet before making any major life decisions. However, don’t let that stunt your ability to invest. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Many beginners often make the mistake of waiting far too long to get started. Whether they feel they don’t have enough money yet, or they have no idea what they are going to invest in, there are always excuses for not getting started.

It doesn’t take much money to invest. In fact, you can start with as little as $5. And when it comes to figuring out what to invest in, you can find plenty of free resources to help you figure out where to best get started.

Start Investing in the Right Way!

Create an investment plan by understanding the common mistakes to avoid. Keep your eye on your budget, understand what you what to invest in and why, and make your first investment. Your Wall Street journey has officially begun!

Author's Bio: 

Rudds James is an online marketplace analyst, startup planner as well as a writer. He's published on several topics composed of articles technology and advertising